DIY – Installing Laminate Flooring Planks Properly
The original wood is an expensive option, so if your wood floors can not be renovation again (or you do not want to remove the old wooden floor), a popular alternative is a laminate floor or floating floor. And the best thing about laminate flooring is the price are very affordable so you can get a floor that has quality, style and durability and also very classy.
Laminate material made by combining an image of wood MDF (particle board) or compressed chipboard, then cover it with a transparent laminate so that it looks like a floor made of hard glossy. Basically, the board laminate resembles with wood floor boards ordinary, but its thickness is only about 10mm. Laminate board very easily spliced.
Laminate flooring is easy to clean and does not create allergies. But laminate flooring can cause sounds like most hard flooring. Because laminate is a floating floor, they produce sounds like a slight knock when you walk on it. If you install laminate flooring on the floor hard, dampening layer that has been provided is usually still inadequate. You may want to consider using additional insulation under the joist. Laminate flooring can be installed in almost all types of floors. If the laminate floor noise is likely to cause problems, you may need to put it on the carpet is installed, although this method is less ideal.
1. Preparing to Install
Prepare the Floor Base
Make sure the floor base is clean and flat. You can remove the baseboard, though not necessary, and they can be replaced quite difficult. There are some basic tips to flatten the corrugated floor (not flat).
- Cover with board chipboard or hardboard specifically for the floor. Fit a smooth hardboard at the top if you want to use an adhesive, or the rough side of the top to get a better grip on the bottom layer and resilient flooring.
- Use a mixture of floor leveling. This material is sold in powder form to be mixed with water, then poured over the floor, which will be evenly by itself.
- Dig the floor and cement again. That both step is the work of experts.
Worn wood floor boards may no longer flat, and may have been cut for the installation of pipes and cables. If the wood floors coated with a soft and smooth floor, the corrugated section will look like damage to the new floor coating, although using the bottom coating. Treat the old wooden floor boards with the following ways
- Fill wide cracks with splinters of wood flooring, and close the crack with the paper pulp.
- Repair or replace the boards that have been damaged
- If you want to sandpaper, flatten the nail heads (at least 3 mm or 1/8 inch) below the surface.
- Tighten again the screws of wooden board had come loose (beware of cables and pipes that may be below it)
2. Equipment / Tools
- Strong scissors
- Iron roll meter
- The distance (spacer) from wood, with a thickness of 6 mm
- Ruler square (set square) and a straight ruler (straight edge)
- Wood block
- Glue and glue gun
3. Install the Laminate Floor
- Cut the foam insulation sheet lengthwise and place on top of the old floor. Fit to the corner of the room
- Start from the farthest corner of the door. Replace the first laminate plank on the side wall. Apply the glue with distance to the edge of the board, and then continued on the second board. Work along the length of the room parallel to the old floor boards and insert spacers between the board and the wall.
- To complete the first row of the board section, measure carefully and mark the board with a ruler square / straight and pencil. Scratch the marks along the board with chisel, then cut cleanly with a saw. If the wall is not flat, you may have to cut the laminate boards to adjust. Be sure to mark the laminate boards exactly in areas that should be cut.
- To install the second line, apply glue along the lengthwise boards as well as the end of the board. The boards will stick easily. Knock the sideways board toward the starting point by using a block of wood and a hammer. If there is glue overflow, clean up immediately with a damp cloth.
- Continue covered the floors with laminate board, board-by-board, across the room. Straighten each board so that the gap between the boards are not visible. You may have to cut the board last row lengthwise to fit. Leave a gap of 6 mm between the floor and the wall.
- Let the glue on the floor dries, and make sure the floor is not trampled until the glue is completely dry.
- Remove all spacers. Cut 2 cm quadrant (quarter-circle from the edge of the wood), to match with edges of the room, in order to cover the gap between the laminate and the wall. The gap baseboard surface is on the side quadrant only, so the floor can still move. That is why the laminate flooring called “floating floor”.
Note : although the laminate flooring resilient and strong, but avoid contact with water. Mopping the floor laminate with too much water can make the board ballooned and peeling. Use a mop or slightly damp cloth, and always wipe any water spills as soon as possible.
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